Sam Tracy began working as a bike mechanic in 1993, when he cut his teeth at Wheel and Sprocket in Milwaukee. His first bicycle repair manual, How to Rock and Roll: A City Rider’s Repair Manual, was published by Black Kettle Graphics in 2001.
After signing on with Speck Press to write Bicycle! A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto in 2003, Tracy moved to the cycling mecca of San Francisco, where he worked to further refine his repair skills at the Freewheel, a high-end commuter and road bike shop. He picked up numerous key techniques from the seasoned mechanics that really kept the place going.
After releasing Bicycle! in 2006, Speck Press published Tracy’s third book, Roadside Bicycle Repair: A Pocket Manifesto in 2008.
Bicycle! A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto, 2nd Edition
Author: Sam Tracy
Publisher: PM Press
Size: 10 x 7
Page count: 256
Bicycle! written by a long-time bicycle mechanic, covers everything you need to know to feed and care for your ride. This book cuts through the obtuse techno-speak and delivers maintenance clarity with a touch of humor and radicalism, while categorically denying mechanistry’s supposed dreariness. Bicycle! is about encouraging society to learn for themselves how to make their bikes work, not because they have to, but because they want to.
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